Close-in SE House - Near Everything

House - Entire home/apt · Southeast Holgate Boulevard, Portland, OR 97206, United States
Benjamin
Your host, Benjamin
19 Reviews
Response rate: 67%
Response time: within a day

The Space

Located close-in Southeast Portland (between Gladstone and Woodstock neighborhoods), this cozy 2br house is a great place to come home to during a visit. Within walking distance to many shops including Trader Joe's, Starbucks & Gladstone Pizza. Bus lines to downtown are also just a few steps away.

Our space is great because it offers privacy, comfort, convenience and accessibility all rolled up in one. The space is very easy to find for those coming in via PDX. We have a convenient code access for the front door - no need to worry about keys.

Guests will have full access to the house during their stay. Access includes living room, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen use for cooking, laundry room for cleaning clothes, and the patio area between the B&B house and the back house which has a grill and picnic table.

The second house in back is not available for guests. It is our private residence.

We are Ben and Sara and we live in the house in back of the B&B. We're usually around working on some kind of handmade, art or music project and happy to be available for casual exchange.

Our neighborhood is great because is near everything. Downtown, Reed College, OHSU, Shopping, Dining, and Hangout spots are all very close. The neighborhood is very walkable and pleasant, with a Starbucks, Trader Joe's and other eats nearby.

Just a few steps away you'll find Line 17 which runs west & east through SE Holgate. It goes to Downtown, Alberta St. and 122nd.

Line 75 runs north & south on 39th/Cesar Chavez and goes to Milwaukee, Woodstock, Division, Hawthorne, Burnside, Alberta and St. Johns neighborhoods.

Interaction with Guests

We are available as much or as little as guests like. Some guests have preferred to make the space a quiet, private place to come home to during their stay, and that's alright. Other guests have reached out and we've made some great friends along the way. Either way, we want our space to meet the needs of guests.

Getting around

The 17 bus stops half a block down from us which goes through downtown. Also, the 75 bus is a 5 minute walk away and goes South through Woodstock and North, up through Alberta and St. Johns.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $1600 /month
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Moderate
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  • We rented this house while our home, nearby was being remodeled.
    This is a very austere little house, *right* on a very busy noisy street (which was not a problem for us, other than super scary street parking) a little south of the hot SE neighborhoods.
    It's very bus friendly, which is why we chose it, as our high school kid takes the city bus to school.
    The house is very, minimally furnished, for instance, there are only three folding chairs (Ikea outdoor wooden, folding chairs), and a tiny wall mounted "table" that is big enough for two people to comfortably eat at, three is a big squeeze. There is a large open space, where a modest table and real chairs would fit nicely.
    There is no TV, radio, or clock (other than on the stove), there was Wifi, but it was hard to connect with more than one device running at the same time.
    The kitchen has nice new appliances, that all work well, but there were only three dinner plates, and one pasta plate, again, so minimalist as to appear unwelcoming. There is a full sized dishwasher, which felt a bit silly, given the lack of dishes!
    There was no toaster in the house, no oven mitt, no dish towel.
    There is a washer and drier, which was terrific.
    There are two nice sized bedrooms, and the beds were decent.
    I would strongly suggest a mattress cover, as the mattress had a very pronounced quilted pattern which you could feel through the sheet.
    There are miniblinds on the bedroom window, that don't close tightly, and the window faces the owner's home. They burned two porch lights all night, which rendered the room light enough at 1:30am to read without turning on a lamp. He did turn it off when I brought it to his attention.
    The porch light of the rental was burned out.
    There was a request to remove your shoes in the house, but no place to sit and take them off.
    There is no hook to hang a wet towel in the bathroom, there is one towel rack over the toilet, but it isn't suitable for hanging a damp towel, unless you want it to hang down to the toilet seat. There is no outlet in the bathroom, so drying of hair is a bit of a challenge, without a mirror in the bedroom.
    There was plenty of hot water, and a nice size tub with a good shower.
    The bottom line is this is a nice little house, but furnished with very little attention to detail, best described as "bare bones". There was nice artwork on the walls, which again seemed perplexing in relation to the lack of more practical items.

    I don't think it's appropriate for me, as a renter, paying top dollar, to have to ask for these really basic things, that would be found in any motel.

    February 2014
  • The house is great and it's equipped with everything you need for a great stay in Portland. Has two comfortable bedrooms, just the right size for a family. It's a great neighborhood, has a well equipped kitchen, and a very good wifi connection. Benjamin is great to do business with and I look forward to another visit!!

    November 2013
  • This fit our needs perfectly for a 5 week visit to Portland, Or. Very convenient location with easy walk to Trader Joe's, Starbucks and others and easy drive to many other places we frequented. It is on a bus line but we didn't us the bus. We didn't see Ben much but when we had issues he resolved them quickly, none of the issues were major or cause for concern, e.g. how to turn on furnace.
    The house is on a sometimes busy street which could be loud and was very well lite. We mostly adapted to the noise and well lite sleeping rooms. No off-street parking but we were always able to park right in front of the house.
    We will definitely check availability the next time we visit Portland.

    October 2013
  • Perfect little home! Just what we needed. Traveled with two young children (2 and a 7 month old). Place was clean, with plenty of space for the kids to move around and play.

    Literally the first words out of my wife's mouth the second we walked in was: "Oh my goodness! This is perfect!"

    It is near everything. Easy to get around the city and restful for when you've been out for the whole day and needing a place to be quiet and recharge.

    If we are in Portland again, we'll definitely be booking this place!

    September 2013
  • My husband, 1-year-old and I used Benjamin's house as a jumping-off point for a fun Labor Day weekend in Portland. The house was conveniently located (it took us 5-10 minutes to get just about anywhere in Portland in our car) and was perfect for our needs. Having a Starbucks and Walgreens nearby was really helpful. Road noise wasn't a big issue for us; our little one slept soundly in the room closest to the road. Our only suggestion would be for a lamp in the living room, since the overhead light is kind of bright. We'll definitely be back!

    September 2013
  • This was the perfect house for us! We were moving our son to Reed College from Texas. Ben was very helpful and the house was very clean. Great location, with
    a Starbucks and a really good breakfast cafe within walking distance. We stayed a week and can't wait to come back.

    August 2013
  • Ben's house is comfortable, clean and quiet. We definitely felt at home there and it was a convenient place to relax at the end of the day. Added bonus is that it's only a couple blocks from Trader Joes! This house has all the amenities, including towels and a well-stocked kitchen.
    Ben was friendly and kind. He made it clear that we could contact him with any problems (although there weren't any) while also giving us privacy. Perfect!
    Definitely would recommend!

    August 2013
  • This home was vey comfortable and clean. The kitchen lacked a bit in cooking supplies, but we ate out most of the time, so it was no big deal. The street noise was pretty loud for us, but perhaps with the windows closed the noise would be tolerable.

    August 2013
  • Benjamin was very easy to work with before, during & after our stay. I left a jacket in the house which he let me know about right away. We asked him to leave it outside for us to pick up which he did. Our deposit was returned in a very timely manner.

    The house worked fine for us. It's a couple of blocks from a Walgreens which we visited more than once & there's a Starbucks across the street from Walgreens. The location was very convenient for us to visit with friends who live in that part of town & to get to downtown Portland & there is a washer & dryer which came in handy. We had a car, but public transportation would be an easy option for people who don't.

    The house is on a busy street which was a bit of an issue because it was quite warm when we visited so we had the windows open. The beds & living couch were not the most comfortable & we didn't like having to park our car on the street.

    August 2013
  • Ben was a great host. Although we didn't get a chance to meet him (we were in and out of the house quickly every day) he was responsive to all messages and questions we sent him, and he checked in halfway through our stay to make sure all was well. We'd definitely stay here again on our next trip to Portland.

    August 2013
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We're Ben and Sara. We are mostly stay at home parents with a couple home businesses... Hand-making cool stuff for kids via (website hidden), recording music in (website hidden) and other creative projects. We love Portland for many reasons, but our most favorite things are the people, the beautiful greens everywhere, the creative vibrations, and the food.
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